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Manor House Backpackers

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#3 of 12 hostels in Dunedin
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Manor House, a 1920’s colonial New Zealand home is home to Dunedin’s best budget backpackers. Manor House with free unlimited wifi, has rooms to suit everyone, we welcome travelers from all around the world. Visit Dunedin for beaches, nightlife, wildlife, NZ most beautiful peninsula, colonial history and so much more. Only minutes from the city centre, situated on a quiet street with a garden and BBQ area to enjoy as well as Market Reserve park access over the road. There is a travel desk to book your tours around Dunedin and New Zealand. We hope to see you soon.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bicycle rental
Game room
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Self-serve laundry
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Mariemely wrote a review Dec 2023
Nelson, New Zealand15 contributions4 helpful votes
Terrible customer service!!!! Stayed at Manor House Backpackers on 16-18 November. Upon check in staff made a mistake and I was doubled charged for my stay. I got in touch with the staff multiple times over the last month and I was promised that I will get a refund and a screenshot with the confirmation of payment as soon as possible. I still have not received either a refund or a confirmation.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Ed Macalister wrote a review Jul 2022
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Walked in. People drinking outside playing music. Smelt like pot. Waited 10 minutes to check in. Some absolute characters walking around. Room was terrible, smelt horrible. Only a bottom sheet and a duvet that I doubt was washed. No key to the room. I’d best describe as a homeless shelter. We left straight away and booked somewhere else.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Bernie Kiwi wrote a review May 2022
Dunedin, New Zealand21 contributions4 helpful votes
Met with friends who were staying there. The place does not appear clean and some of the permanent residents are off putting. There is a smell when you arrive in the front foyer. The building is dated and dark.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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AJ wrote a review Aug 2021
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This place is run worse than a prison. It's a total shambles with owners and staff who continuously get wasted on alcohol and drugs then get violent with each other and the residents. They also do all this in front of their innocent children. Not a business run professionally at all. They don't clean every day including during a level 4 lockdown, there was no cleaning done at all for an entire week during the current level 4 lockdown. The owners can be heard having sex and don't seem to care who hears (including children), it's a sick and twisted environment to be in. It's been run like this for months and it's only getting worse! BEWARE if you stay here, they will be nice to you one minute then turn on you the next and once they turn on you, you're not only kicked out for absolutely no reason but you're also assaulted by the owners and staff. It's about time they started running a business and stop acting like it's a ​party house! The owner and her partner also smoke in there room which they always say is a big no no to other residents. I highly recommend that you consider staying at one of the many other places Dunedin has to offer. It's only a matter of time before the doors are closed and locked for good when that happens I feel sorry for whoever has decided to stay there for a week or more as you will not get a refund and you'll be out on the street with nowhere to go like myself, my friend and her two children for absolutely no reason at all. I witnessed first hand the owner combing nits out of one of her kids hair on the front deck. Stay away and stay safe people.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Willy Ingle, Owner at Manor House Backpackers
Responded 31 Aug 2021
Disgruntled ex employee who was removed by police drunk for fighting this is all slander and should be removed Manager Manorhouse
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JH wrote a review Aug 2021
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I relocated to Dunedin with my two children. At first Tina Meihana (the owner) seemed lovely and very accommodating but the longer you stay the quicker you realize it's all a front. Regular drinking, pot smoking and violence occurs here and the majority of it is the owners and staff. I was kicked out with my children late at night for simply calling the police out of fear for our safety when one resident assaulted another. While the police were there, Tina ran upstairs and assaulted me in the bedroom, she had already tried breaking down the toilet door to get to me and my injured friend and her ex-Partner (Mason) who is one of the managers, tried grabbing my phone from my hand while I was on a call to the police. The only one who seemed to be reasonable was Tina's partner Maui but unfortunately Tina and Mason were often too drunk to see any sense or acted like it was a high school playground and wouldn't listen to reason. This place is not run like a business at all! On a daily basis they are drinking, smoking pot and getting into verbal and physical arguments with each other as well as the residents (despite Tina being pregnant and having her own young children there she seemed to be the ring leader of the majority of the problems and didn't think twice about assaulting others, male or female). They have not cleaned at all during the level 4 lockdown which means that place could be crawling with all sorts of lethal bacteria. They allow men to walk around exposing themselves in front other residents and children. I am glad to have my children out of that environment, it's not safe for children and I heavily believe Tina shouldn't be a mother if she is to continue carrying on behaving like that! Absolutely appalled!! Surveillance footage has been handed to the police!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Willy Ingle, Owner at Manor House Backpackers
Responded 31 Aug 2021
all lies , place is cleaned every day , personal grievances shouldnt be made public for everyone to see, grow up and delete review.
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MichJ wrote a review Jul 2021
Auckland, New Zealand4 contributions1 helpful vote
This was the worst backpackers we have ever stayed in. We were woken at 2am and kept awake for hours by drunk people falling all over the place and banging into walls and doors. People smoking in their rooms (supposed to be non-smoking) and the smell seeping out through the walls and into the communal areas. No flooring in the bathroom. Holes in the walls and ceiling letting in a draught. Couldn't lock the doors from the inside at night, did not feel safe with drunk people around. Seems like a doss-house for homeless/unemployed.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from Willy Ingle, Owner at Manor House Backpackers
Responded 26 Aug 2021
Dear Michelle, a lot of embellishment here, the door locks work fine and there definitely is a floor in the bathroom we just removed the carpet to it original state for hygiene purposes. the drunk people that were smoking and caused a disturbance over the weekend were removed the next day . we are sorry about your experience staying here and we have been in the middle of renovations during the lockdown so we can provide a better experience for backpackers in the coming months and beyond.
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Hayden wrote a review May 2021
Wellington, New Zealand5 contributions1 helpful vote
Clean linen, comfy mattress, and a kitchen with all the amenities and breakfast provided. Localy owned and operated it was nice to enjoy a stay with kiwi hospitality. I had a few hiccups - a rare error in booking my shuttle left me killing a couple of hours at the airport and my booking of a 4 bed dorm turned into a stay in a 6 bed... ... but on the upside it was a great locale, clean linen and comfy matresses, breakfast provisions were handy; spices and tea/coffee were available, and the staff were firendly and eager to help. Solid 4/5 from me. Was happy overall and I'm sure the few hiccups I encountered were rare and circumstantial.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Trip type: Travelled on business
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Faye C wrote a review Mar 2021
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As soon as I arrived here I felt very uneasy. There was a group of older men in the garden smoking and although someone showed me to the room, there was a very unwelcoming atmosphere. I felt the same in the morning when checking out. This did not come across as a backpackers hostel. As a solo female traveller I felt uncomfortable around these men walking around the shared spaces and additionally there was no lock on the door which I found extremely lacking. The bed and towels were clean and the toilet /shower facilities were fine. The only real positive was lots of nearby free parking and location. I would never stay here again given how uncomfortable and unsafe I felt.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Response from Willy Ingle, Owner at Manor House Backpackers
Responded 18 May 2021
Thank you for you review! You are welcome back at Manor House any time. Men are also backpackers and we welcome them here at MH the Hostel has very good CCTV cameras to ensure the safety of guests and we have had no issues with unsocial behavior so there's no need for a lock on our 8 bed dorm as its right beside reception and would be inconvenient to our guests coming in and out. Cheers, MH
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Antemo wrote a review Oct 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand73 contributions11 helpful votes
Amazing welcome, nice setting, great communal area. Good bedding. My one negative is the floors in the toilet and showers were sticky and that grosses me out. For the location having the free parking is a plus. I would personally try somewhere else next time but if it was the only place vacant it would be okay
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Traveller1 wrote a review Aug 2020
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1 contribution1 helpful vote
(Normally I don’t really write reviews but wow this was one of the worst experiences ever) As soon as we walked through the door we felt that something was off. We saw a kid running around and screaming and there was a guy with a large knife and a big sausage for his dog in the hallway, not the first thing you want to see when you check in and are exhausted. As soon as we checked in which was a huge mistake we were led to our room which was a very cold and not very nice room with uncomfortable beds. We had just done an exhausting roadtrip so we really wanted to chill. As soon as the guy closed the door behind us we were like, we are not gonna stay here. The room was way to cold and smelled strange and we just didnt feel comfortable because it felt like a homeless shelter. We went back to the reception and it took a while for someone to help us but we said that we were not staying and we wanted our money back. He wrote down our card details and said he would take care of it. For more than a month now I have been calling them and asking for my money back. Everytime they said they would take care of it, my friend has gotten her money back but I still havent got mine. And everytime I call they have a different excuse. I am a poor backpacker that can use all the money that I have a right too, especially in these Covid times and because I never stayed here. Please don’t stay here its the worst!
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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New ZealandSouth IslandOtago RegionDunedin
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Manor House Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Manor House Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Toitū Otago Settlers Museum (0.9 km), First Church of Otago (0.9 km), and Dunedin Chinese Garden (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Manor House Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Manor House Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Manor House Backpackers?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Manor House Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Etrusco at the Savoy, The Perc Cafe, and Prohibition Smokehouse.
Are any cleaning services offered at Manor House Backpackers?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Manor House Backpackers?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Olveston Historic Home (1.8 km), Northern Cemetery (3.1 km), and Dunedin High And District Court (1.1 km).